Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:48

Verizon offers Alibaba Cloud to Asia-Pac customers

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American communications behemoth Verizon Communications has included Chinese firm Alibaba Cloud in its Secure Cloud Interconnect in order to offer companies speedier service in addition to full network visibility and control.

The addition, which is available in Singapore and Hong Kong, is aimed to provide Verizon's customers in the Asia-Pacific region a secure and direct connection which uses multi-protocol label switching to connect to Alibaba Cloud.

This brings the number of providers accessible from Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect to 10 and covers 72 locations around the world.

Given that Verizon is an American company and Alibaba is a Chinese firm, iTWire has sought clarification from Verizon if the deal does not go contravene statements made repeatedly by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that countries should not deploy technology made by Chinese firms because it could be a security risk. The company's take will be included if any response is included.

“In the past, organisations had to connect with multiple cloud service providers through the public Internet, which meant less control and visibility over policies and security measures,” commented Vickie Lonker, vice-president of Product Management and Development at Verizon.

“Today, via Secure Cloud Interconnect, organisations have the freedom and flexibility to quickly establish and manage workloads with leading cloud service providers through a consumption-based connectivity service with end-to-end visibility and control.

"This allows customers to deploy new applications and services faster than ever before. We are happy to help our customers who have chosen to use Alibaba Cloud to make that connection via private networking.”

Verizon manages more than half a million network, hosting, and security devices and more than 4000 networks in 150 countries.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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